Kilkenny Arts Festival Has Kicked Off

FORM Designmade in Carlow group members are delighted to be part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival again this year. Find our Pop-Up Shop located in the courtyard at the Pembroke Hotel, Patrick St. Kilkenny 5th – 14th August, open daily 10am – 6pm. Great venue, atmosphere and show: jewellery, ceramics, stone and textiles. We would love to see you here!

FORM Pop Up Kilkenny Arts Festival


























FORM Members and Kieran Comerford Head of Enterprise LEO Carlow

FORM Members with Kieran Comerford Head of Enterprise LEO Carlow


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FORM Craft Exhibition

FORM’s Exhibition in the Shaw Room of Carlow Library during the Arts Festival was a great success. We were very proud to show a high standard of craftsmanship by 10 Carlow based designer makers.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’Connor, officially opened the exhibition and helped to launch our new directory and brochure. Karen Hennessy from the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCOI) was also our guest of honour. Many thanks to Kieran Comerford and John Mulcahy from Local Enterprise Office and the team at Carlow Library for all their help organising this significant event. Last but not least thanks to our members Emma Jane Champley and Martin Lyttle for co-ordinating the exhibition on the group’s behalf.

Thanks to everyone who came to the FORM exhibition, your support is very much appreciated. The brochures are available in the library and the tourism office.

FORM Craft Exhibition at Carlow County Library.

FORM Craft Exhibition at Carlow County Library.

We are delighted with our new brochures.

We are delighted with our new brochures.


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FORM’s Photoshoot

FORM’s annual photoshoot is one of the highlights of the year and an important visual point of reference. It was a real pleasure to welcome back and work with photographer Rory Moore and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue than Kilgraney Country House’s gallery.

It is great to see the new work from our members captured so beautifully. Product images along with selected makers’ profile pics will be featured in our brand new concertina style brochure to be printed very soon. FORM would like to thank Carlow LEO for organising the shoot and their continued support of our creative endeavours.

Meanwhile, here are some images to whet your appetite.

Jim Behan Dolmen PotteryNicola Brown Fine Art TextilesLiga Valge Valg StudioAriane Tobin Cellule necklace



Joanna Doyle CeramicsEmma Jane Champley oyster pendant




Martin LyttleMartin MarleyTomomi McElwee

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FORM – new officers and upcoming activities

Earlier this week FORM members held a meeting to elect new officers and discuss the activities for 2016. We are delighted to announce and congratulate our newly elected chairwoman Nicola Brown and our new secretary/vice chair Jim Behan. We wish to thank our outgoing chairwoman Ariane Tobin and outgoing secretary Emma Jane Champley for their tireless dedication and work over the past two years.

Ariane Tobin and Nicola Brown

During 2016 group members will engage in various activities to increase the awareness of the quality products available from County Carlow designer makers. Very soon the FORM annual photoshoot will take place and preparations for the group’s forthcoming exhibition in Carlow Library during Carlow Arts Festival in June have begun.
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FORM welcomes new members

FORM Designmade in Carlow has recently launched its new group membership and we are delighted to announce our line up for 2016.

  • Jim Behan – Ceramics
  • Martin Lyttle – Stone Sculpture
  • Joanna Doyle – Ceramics
  • Leiko Uchiyama – Felt
  • Emma Jane Champley – Jewellery
  • Tomomi McElwee – Quilt Maker
  • Liga Valge – Jewellery
  • Ariane Tobin – Jewellery
  • Nicola Brown – Fine Art Textiles
  • Martin Marley – Ceramics

We are all looking forward to a busy year ahead continuing to raise the profile of Carlow craft both nationally and internationally. Here’s a photo from our recent launch at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow.



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FORM call for membership, deadline December 4th

Are you a full time designer maker living and/or working in Co. Carlow? Would you like to become part of a vibrant, supportive, craft collective? If so please click on and fill out the membership form below, the application deadline is Friday December 4th. FORM Designmade in Carlow – Membership Form

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We’re back in Kilkenny for the 2015 Arts Festival!

Following on from our successful debut at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2014 we are returning to unit 4, Regency Court, Friary Street from the 7th to the 16th of August 2015. Our pop up shop will house the very best craft County Carlow has to offer including textiles by Tomomi McElwee, Nicola Brown and Leiko Uchiyama, ceramics by Martin Marley and jewellery by Ariane Tobin, Liga Valge and Emma Jane Champley. Do pop in and say hi, Kilkenny Arts Festival is always a wonderful opportunity for us to meet our customers and you to meet the makers!

2 Regent St. Kilkenny

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FORM members head to Showcase Ireland

Showcase Ireland opens to the trade on Sunday 18th January. FORM members are looking forward to participating as a group on stand F16/F17 and delighted to welcome Dena Nolan to set up and man the display. It’s an excellent opportunity to promote high end Carlow craft, thanks to Carlow LEO for all their assistance, here’s a press release explaining a little more about our participation!

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Recent press for FORM members

Congratulations to Maria Ryan and Emma Jane Champley, the most recent FORM members to have work featured in the national press.

Lollypops & Daydreams

Lollypops & Daydreams

Maria has a nice write up about Lollypops & Daydreams in the January 2015 edition of Xpose magazine while Emma’s eclipse bangle featured as one of the top gifts to give this Christmas in the Irish Times supplement last weekend. Emma was also featured this month in CRAFT WORDS, perspectives on making by Frances McDonald. Congratulations ladies!


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RDS update from the FORM perspective, shopping made simple!

Eclipse bangle in sterling silver by Emma Jane Champley, €210

Eclipse bangle in sterling silver by Emma Jane Champley, €210

Congratulations to Emma Jane Champley, her Eclipse bangle has been selected by the DCCoI for inclusion in their display at the upcoming National Crafts & Design Fair at the RDS!

Last minute preparations for us all are currently underway, the fair runs from 3rd to 7th December inclusive and FORM is represented by Ariane, Emma Jane, Nicola, Maria, Liga and Leiko.


Please pop over to our Facebook page for a visual reminder of the work we will be showcasing plus a note about where each of the stands will be located. Credit and debit cards will also be accepted by us all and in addition to our own packaging the fair offers a free gift wrapping service for customers! It’s win, win for everyone.




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